Critics: Wake and Buncombe School Board Disciplinary Policies Meant To Stifle Dissent

Amy Churhill Buncombe Co. School Board Member
Amy Churhill
Buncombe Co. School Board Member

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Letter to Editor Asheville Citizen-Times from Linda Rebuck.

To the Editor: 

I have watched with horror the recent bullying and immature actions of the majority of the Buncombe County School Board toward one member, Lisa Baldwin of the Reynolds District. My understanding is that the School Board had a first reading on a “policy” which attempts to shut up or even totally eliminate the minority opinion through intimidation (the “policy” actually states that the Board can “censure” or ask a fellow member to resign for very subjective reasons). In other words, if five of the Board members had personal disdain for or disagreement with another member, they could officially scold that member publicly.  Why not just install a dunking booth? That way every time a member says something the majority does not like, they could just duck him/her immediately?  This is ridiculous, folks.    While I can appreciate the need to move forward on issues that come before the Board in a timely manner, as citizens of this country we have an inalienable right to free speech and an elected official has an additional moral duty to the people they represent to speak up if he/she sees a potential problem. Sadly this does not happen often enough on any public board as most just sit on their hands nodding their heads in unison.  I cannot comprehend of any reason that the majority would think they had the right to totally stifle the voice of one member let alone attempt to remove him/her from an elected office.  Doing so would not only inhibit his/her speech, it would leave the district in the Reynolds Community without representation elected by the people.

 This is, in my view, a blatant abuse of power and a very poor example to set for our children.  Are board members never to question the recommendations or decisions of the superintendent? Is there never a better way to accomplish a goal other than what is spoon fed to them by the administration?  If so, why have Boards of Education at all?  I have listened to a number of Ms. Baldwin’s concerns and have yet to hear anything that would warrant this kind of childish reaction.  Perhaps all the time she has spent researching various issues is intimidating to the other members who do not want to put out as much time and effort?  It is my view that this so called “policy” is just petty, personal politics and will not serve the interests of children or the community at large.  This proposed “policy” appears blatantly self-serving and is beneath the dignity of the office.

 It is the exclusive right of “we the people” to decide whether or not an elected official (unless the member in question breaks an actual law) is out of line with principles of our community and if so to replace him/her at the ballot box. I would encourage everyone to watch the videos of the various Buncombe County School Board meetings which are available online and make your own decision about who is best serving the children, the Reynolds community and Buncombe County.

  Linda Rebuck 

Asheville, NC

H.R.748 — Universal National Service Act (Introduced in House – IH)

H.R.748 — Universal National Service Act (Introduced in House – IH)

HR 748 IH


1st Session

H. R. 748

To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 25 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or as civilian service in a Federal, State, or local government program or with a community-based agency or community-based entity, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, to provide for the registration of women under the Military Selective Service Act, and for other purposes.


February 15, 2013

Mr. RANGEL introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

PENCIL THIS DATE IN: Saturday, October 26th, Nullification Seminar with Joe Wolverton

Joe Wolverton
Joe Wolverton
Joe Wolverton is a native of Osceola, Arkansas, but as the child of a career soldier, he was raised in Europe and America, graduating from high school in Frankfurt, Germany. Joe received his B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University in 1995 and his Juris Doctor in 2001 from the University of Memphis.
Since 2004, Joe has been a featured contributor to The New American magazine. Most recently, he has written a cover story article on the rise of the surveillance state, as well as numerous articles exposing the tyranny of the NDAA and similar legislation that he has dubbed “the Dossier of Dictatorship.”
His articles on the Constitution, states’ rights, the NDAA, drones, and the surveillance state have appeared in national and international publications, including, the Ron Paul Forums, the Tenth Amendment Center, Infowars, Business Insider, and the Guardian (U.K.) among others.
Joe is a featured speaker on the nationwide Nullify Now! tour and speaks frequently at Campaign for Liberty events. Apart from his work as a journalist and public speaker, Joe is a professor of American Government and was a practicing constitutional law attorney until 2009.

Time : 2:00 PM
Location: Skyland Fire Department
off I-26 and Long Shoals Road exit, Asheville, at Hwy 25 intersect

Also presenting, Mark Hopp of The Tenth Amendment Center

A native of Maryland with roots in North Carolina, Mr. Hopp is a graduate of Penn State and Shenandoah University. In 2005, Mark returned to these roots and now resides in Burlington with his wife and child. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy and is licensed in the home health field.

Mark is an Executive Committee member of the Republican Liberty Caucus and is active in the Tenth Amendment movement;
An editorial contributor to several local newspapers and the Tenth Amendment Center website, he also speaks to groups in North Carolina on Nullification and why they should focus more on state issues for effective change.

Light Refreshments will be served. Suggested donation $5.00 to $10.00 for the event

FreedomWorks North and South Carolina Activists to Hold Six Townhall Events in Two Days

fw3WHAT: Following the launch of FreedomWorks’ online action center,, FreedomWorks and its devoted network of North and South Carolina activists have planned an action day consisting of town hall meetings, protests, and an honest discussion of the future of ObamaCare with North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows of (NC-11) and FreedomWorks Vice President of Public Policy Dean Clancy.

FreedomWorks Vice President of Public Policy commented: “Since the launch of, FreedomWorks has received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from our network of 6 million activists nationwide regarding our support of efforts to demand townhalls with members of Congress. While most members of Congress will spend the month of August dodging exposure, FreedomWorks has upped the stakes and said, ‘If you are one of the Republicans turning your back on a chance to address your constituents and the opportunity to dismantle ObamaCare before enrollment begins, we want to know your reasons why, and we want to hear them straight from you.

FreedomWorks would like to thank, liberty minded leaders like Congressman Meadows and Senator Mike Lee for leading the fight to defund ObamaCare and their consistent willingness to participate in open townhall discussions. Without these privileged leaders, groups like FreedomWorks and individuals alike would not be able to have an honest understanding of the unintended consequences of Washington’s bogus legislation tactics being displayed in ObamaCare.

WHEN/WHERE: There will be six separate action day events, one featuring Congressman Mark Meadows:

Rock Hill, SC “FreedomWorks, GPS Conservatives For Action PAC, SC Republican Liberty Caucus and The SCD5 Patriots ask Senator Lindsay Graham to support defunding Obama Care
When: Monday, August 19th, from 8:00am- 9:00am EST
Where: Baymont Inn and Suites, 1106 N Anderson Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Hendersonville, NC “Dutch Treat Lunch” Featuring Congressman Meadows and Dean Clancy of FreedomWorks
When: Monday, August 19th from 11:30am-1:00pm EST
Where: The Chariot, 715 N Church St, Hendersonville, NC 28202
RSVP: Please contact Bill Lack at 828-253-5709, Lunch Tickets $12.00 per person

Winston-Salem, NC “Protest at Senator Richard Burr’s Office”
When: Monday, August 19th from 4:30-5:30pm EST
Where: Senator Richard Burr’s office, 2000 W 1st St Winston-Salem, NC 27104

Winston-Salem, NC “Town hall Meeting Defund ObamaCare”
When: Monday, August 19th 6:00-8:00pm EST
Where: Forsyth Tech- Bolton Campus Auditorium, 1300 Bolton St., Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Yadkinville, NC “FreedomWorks Regional Meeting ‘How will ObamaCare impact me’”
When: Tuesday, August 20th from 11:30am-12:30pm EST
Where: Allison Oakes Winery, 221 E Main St, Yadkinville, NC 27055
RSVP: Please contact Peggy Boose at 336-468-2257, Lunch Tickets $8.00 per person

Greensboro, NC “Town hall Meeting Defunding ObamaCare”
When: Tuesday, August 20th from 6:00pm-7:00pm EST
Where: Oak Branch Conference and Convention Center, 23 Oak Branch Dr, Greensboro, NC 27407

WHY: FreedomWorks and leading grassroots organizers across North and South Carolina want to educate voters on the issues. Further, it is critical to provide an opportunity for constituents to hear directly from their elected officials, demanding that they explain specifically why they supported or opposed explicit pieces of legislation over the 2013 fiscal calendar.